Apply for a Noise Permit

Holding an event that will exceed the normal levels of noise the City allows? You’re in the right place! We can help you apply for your permit.

Online Form

Check your eligibility

You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.

UNSURE IF YOU OWE?

  • Check if you owe court fees, property taxes or parking tickets. Call the Treasurer's Office at 616-456-3020
  • Check if you owe taxes to the City. Call the Income Tax Department at 616-456-3415

Make sure you're eligible to get a permit

Here's a look at the requirements to get a permit:

  • Apply for the permit at least 3 months in advance
  • Publish a notice of application for a noise variance in a daily newspaper of general circulation at least twice

You'll need to submit affidavits of publication to the Clerk's Office for both of your notices. Our email and mailing addresses are in the Contact Us section of this page.

Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We have some resources to help you apply for your permit:

Noise Permit Checklist(PDF, 177KB)

Sample Public Notice(PDF, 96KB)

Noise Permit Ordinance

Have your Visa or MasterCard ready

There is a $348 application fee for new licenses. Application fees are non-refundable.

There's no extra processing fee to pay with a card online. We accept Visa and MasterCard payments online.

Complete the online application

We have an online form to guide you through this process. The application might take some time. That's why we recommend that you gather all the required information first.

Apply Online in English

We’ll review your application

It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes. We'll call or email you to let you know that your license is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season. 

Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed at your event.

Paper Form

Check your eligibility

You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.

UNSURE IF YOU OWE?

  • Check if you owe court fees, property taxes or parking tickets. Call the Treasurer's Office at 616-456-3020
  • Check if you owe taxes to the City. Call the Income Tax Department at 616-456-3415

Make sure you're eligible to get a permit

Here's a look at the requirements to get a permit:

  • Apply for the permit at least 3 months in advance
  • Publish a notice of application for a noise variance in a daily newspaper of general circulation at least twice

You'll need to submit affidavits of publication to the Clerk's Office for both of your notices. Our email and mailing addresses are in the Contact Us section of this page.

Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We have some resources to help you apply for your permit:

Noise Permit Checklist(PDF, 177KB)

Sample Public Notice(PDF, 96KB)

Noise Permit Ordinance

Prepare payment

There is a $348 license application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. Here's a look at our accepted payment methods:

MAILED PAYMENTS

  • Check
  • Money order

IN PERSON PAYMENTS

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit or debit cards (Visa, Discover, or MasterCard)

Download the application

Fill out the PDF application and return it to us by mail or in person.

Download the Application in English

Mail or drop off your completed application

Make sure you have the appropriate payment ready. Refer to step 3 for accepted payment methods.

We’ll review your application

It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes. We'll call or email you to let you know that your license is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season. 

Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed at your event.

Phone

Make sure we're open

Our office hours are 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. We are out of the office on public holidays.

Call us for instructions

You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll get you all the information you need to apply for your business license.

In Person

Check your eligibility

You are eligible if you have a valid driver's license and don't owe money to the City. We're unable to issue you a business license if you don't meet these requirements.

UNSURE IF YOU OWE?

  • Check if you owe court fees, property taxes or parking tickets. Call the Treasurer's Office at 616-456-3020
  • Check if you owe taxes to the City. Call the Income Tax Department at 616-456-3415

Make sure you're eligible to get a permit

Here's a look at the requirements to get a permit:

  • Apply for the permit at least 3 months in advance
  • Publish a notice of application for a noise variance in a daily newspaper of general circulation at least twice

You'll need to submit affidavits of publication to the Clerk's Office for both of your notices. Our email and mailing addresses are in the Contact Us section of this page.

Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We have some resources to help you apply for your permit:

Noise Permit Checklist(PDF, 177KB)

Sample Public Notice(PDF, 96KB)

Noise Permit Ordinance

Prepare payment

There is a $348 license application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. Here's a look at our accepted payment methods:

IN PERSON PAYMENTS

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Money order
  • Credit or debit cards (Visa, Discover, or MasterCard)

Visit our office

Come to our office located at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll provide you with an application to complete.

We’ll review your application

It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes. We'll call or email you to let you know that your license is ready. You can either pick it up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season. 

Make sure to keep a copy of your license in prominently displayed at your event.